Eugene Winkler Jr.
1933 - 2021
BORN
1933
DIED
2021
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Eugene Winkler Jr.

Oshkosh - Eugene Francis Winkler Jr, age 87, died on July 15, 2021 at Aurora Bay Care due to complications from surgery. Gene was born to the late Eugene F. Winkler Sr. and Lucille Weeks Winkler on July 30, 1933 in Chilton, WI.

Gene graduated from Chilton High School in 1951, and was drafted into the army in 1953. He served during the Korean War in the Signal Corp as part of the occupation in Germany, being honorably discharged in 1955.

After returning from Germany, Gene went to college on the GI bill and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Wisconsin State College, Oshkosh in 1959. He later earned a Master's Degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1966.

Gene began his career as an educator, teaching History and English in Kiel, WI from 1959 until 1967. It was there he met his wife, Nancy E. Tuschl. They married on June 20, 1964 in Kellnersville.

He was a member of the Oshkosh West High School faculty from 1967 until his retirement in 1996, where he taught U.S. History and Economics. He was the head of the Social Studies department for 26 years. Eugene Winkler also taught at UW Oshkosh as an ad hoc economics professor from 1990 to 1996.

In 2005, Gene and Nancy created the Eugene & Nancy Winkler Scholarship Fund at the UW-Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services to support the future of education.

Gene was a member of the Oshkosh Education Association (OEA) and served as its president. He also officiated track & field and cross-country competitions thru the WIAA for 19 years.

He loved the arts, participating in many local productions at the Grand Opera House, including: 1776, South Pacific, Evita, Carnival, and Fiddler on the Roof. He also hosted a cable TV show, Senior Savvy from the Oshkosh Senior Center and was a president and board member. He also sat on the Board of Directors of the Oshkosh Public Museum and volunteered there, cataloging donations until 2021. The wrought iron archway on the corner of Algoma and Congress was gifted by Gene and Nancy to honor the history of the City of Oshkosh.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents and in 2013 by his wife Nancy. He is survived by his two daughters, Monica Winkler of Madison and Kate Winkler of Appleton as well as one grandson, Kevin (Beth) Schraa of New Berlin. He is further survived by his brother Leland Winkler, of Beaver Dam.

Two memorial services will be held. The first memorial service will be at Evergreen Retirement Community on Wednesday, July 21st. The Evergreen visitation will begin at 2:30 pm with a service following at 3:30 pm. A second memorial service will be held on Friday, July 30th at St Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church at 11:00 am. A visitation will be held from 9:30 am until the time of the service. A light lunch will be served after the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Eugene & Nancy Winkler Scholarship Fund at the UW-Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services or to the Oshkosh Public Museum.





Published by Oshkosh Northwestern from Jul. 17 to Jul. 18, 2021.
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Sorry to hear about Gene´s passing. I student taught under him at Oshkosh West in 1976. He was a great mentor! I went on to teach Social Studies for 32 years because of his guidance. He will be missed. Gunnar Gabrielsen Salem, Oregon
Gunnar Gabrielsen
Work
August 6, 2021
It is with sadness that I have just learned of Eugene's death. We were both in the Class of 1951 at Chilton High School. His contributions to both Chilton and the Oshkosh community was significant. Thank you for your Service to our Country. Gene was always upbeat, his smile contagious, and his wit not to be forgotten. Bless be Eugene's memory and may he rest in peace with his wife Nancy. Nyla Bock Musser
Nyla Bock Musser
School
July 26, 2021
Monica, Kate, Kevin & Beth, Our Love and Prayers go out to all of you on the loss of your Dad and Grandfather. We remember your parents at Mishicot class reunions, they were both such great people. May God be with all of you.
Jerry & Betty (Zeman) Havlovitz
July 25, 2021
Oh dear. Gene was such a strong asset to society in every way. He was a great educator but more importantly, he was the beloved husband of my dear friend and fellow Mishicot High graduate Nancy Tuschl Winkler. I miss her, but I´m happy they are now together again. May they Rest In Peace. I will most certainly donate to their scholarship fund; they were remarkable.
Barbara Reis Plungy
Friend
July 19, 2021
Kate, So sorry for your loss. I know you two were very close. Cherish your memories.
Karen Russell
July 18, 2021
I had the good fortune of having Mr. Winkler for US History at Oshkosh West in 1975-76 as a freshman and later for Economics as a senior. He was a great teacher and one of my favorites. Two stories I remember: In US History, the lesson that day was about the use of public hanging as a method of capital punishment. I made some comment during the Q and A about how brutal society used to be and his snarky reply was "No noose is good noose." After that, I always enjoyed his dry, slightly-twisted sense of humor and recalled it well after graduation. Later in Economics class he mentioned one of the things he really enjoyed about being a teacher was to have students in his class, and then later on the children of those same students. A great and kind man who will be dearly missed. Wishing peace, happy memories and condolences to his family.
Randy Schnier
School
July 18, 2021
I remember Mr. Winkler from Oshkosh West as a teacher who knew his subjects, had high expectations for his students, and helped us meet those expectations. He was also a great role model for personal responsibility, service to others, and being a gentleman. Rest well, sir, and my condolences to the family.
Nathan Moon
School
July 18, 2021
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